3 Common Areas Where Fungal Growth Is Overlooked

If you are looking for the best ways to combat mold, you need to learn about the most common areas microbial growth is overlooked.

We are not capable of detecting with our eyes all types of mold. Mold can hide itself as diffused fungal growth occurs.

However, this limitation can be resolved with mold detection technology to improve building systems and gather surface and air samples to test mold.

With air sampling, visual observations of fungal growth and spore tramp sample results can be compared to detect and eliminate mold growth completely.

Sampling should always be conducted when there is suspicion of fungal growth but the exact location is not obvious. Sampling is not a necessity in obvious moldy rooms.

The following are common areas where surface or air sampling should be conducted so microbial growth is not overlooked:

  1. Basement Carpeting – It is important to inspect your basement carpeting for mold because it is notoriously known for supporting fungal growth and dust mites. In this environment mold growth can be detected by collecting tape samples from the top of the carpet and the bottom of its pad (for pad samples pull up the carpet at multiple corners). You may remove mold from your basement carpet by carpet cleaning dust from it. Use detergent solution and disposable rags during cleanup.
  2. Floor Joists. When water enters basements and crawlspaces for prolonged periods of times, diffused fungal growth can happen on the floor joists and subfloor. This type of fungal growth is known as Aspergillus or Penicillium. It can be visible to the eye but not always. When visible to the eye, affected joist will look heavily discolored in comparison to non-discolored, non-infected adjacent subfloor.
  3.  Roof and Wall Connections. One sure way to notice mold growth on your roof or walls is by scent. You will smell a musty odor. Water can enter your exterior walls and roof when proper flashing details are not present between siding material and the roof structure. Water damage is a problem that needs to be immediately inspected and resolved. Here are just a few ways to detect and resolve the problem:

–     Inspect the walls below the roof.

–     Penetrate the wall finish to measure a moisture meter.

–     Inspect your HVAC equipment for fungal growth.

Never rely solely on your eyes to assess mold damage and water damage. You will miss many common and uncommon areas of fungal growth damage.

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Source: http://www.ieconnections.com/pdfs/newsletter/2012/IEC-07-2012.pdf

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